PaperCity: Fight to Save Texas’ Endangered Historic Buildings Gets an Instagram Ally

PaperCity Magazine: Fight to Save Texas’ Endangered Historic Buildings Gets an Instagram Ally. “While neglect and redevelopment are destroying the remarkable modernist architecture in Dallas and Houston at an alarming rate, a new Instagram–based initiative… is documenting the cities’ mid-20th-century treasures in an effort to save them.”

OutSmart: New Houston Black LGBTQ Archive to Launch on Feb. 21

OutSmart: New Houston Black LGBTQ Archive to Launch on Feb. 21. “[Harrison] Guy asked the staff at Houston’s African American Library at the Gregory School about starting a black LGBTQ archive in Houston. What emerged from those early discussions is “The Black LGBTQ Houston History & Heritage Project—Charles Law Community Archive at the African American Library at the Gregory School” (or simply the Charles Law Community Archive). The archive will include activist papers, artifacts, and oral histories. “

ABC13: Janice Rubin, renowned photographer impacted by Harvey, donates collection to UH

ABC13: Janice Rubin, renowned photographer impacted by Harvey, donates collection to UH. “A famed photojournalist just gave the University of Houston the gift of a lifetime. Janice Rubin donated 15,000 pieces to the UH Libraries Special Collections. The images date back to 1976, showcasing iconic Houston leaders and ordinary life.”

Houston Chronicle: Rice University creating archive to preserve history of city’s Jewish community

Houston Chronicle: Rice University creating archive to preserve history of city’s Jewish community. “A few months ago, the banner was wrapped in plastic and tucked away in a garage, stowed for decades after being plucked from a storage closet in the long-since demolished Beth Jacob congregation. It might have been forgotten, its significance lost forever if not for Rice University’s newly created Houston Jewish History Archive. Now, the World War II-era service flag is part of a growing collection being assembled by Furman, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at Rice, and Kean, the university’s centennial historian.”

Three maps; three different ways to see Houston after Harvey (Houston Chronicle)

Houston Chronicle: Three maps; three different ways to see Houston after Harvey. “Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott gave the City of Houston a $50 million check to continue its long road to recovery. One neat way to see where the funds might be going is through the recently launched ‘Harvey By The Numbers’ web site, a series of interactive heat maps that show what happened to Houston during Harvey and how officials are responding after the hurricane.”

Rice University: Mapping Tool Helps Neighborhoods Better Understand Harvey, Houston

Rice University: Mapping Tool Helps Neighborhoods Better Understand Harvey, Houston. “In the wake of Harvey, there’s been a need for good data: whether its emissions information from industries along the port, maps of the flooding to see which areas were hardest hit or information about students who have been shuffled around after their schools suffered damage from the storm. As part of an ongoing effort with its roots well before storm, the Kinder Institute is unveiling its Houston Community Data Connections dashboard. After gathering and geocoding a number of datasets, the Kinder Institute’s data team, led by Jie Wu and Mingming Zhang, created a visualization tool that allows users to visualize several layered datasets at once.”